The Northern Bulldogs defeated the Celebration Lions 20-14, to seal their place in the Canterbury Rugby League Massetti Cup semifinals. They were pipped for the minor premiership by the Linwood Keas who finished on the same points but with a marginally better for against record. The sudden death semifinal will be played against the Hornby Panthers this weekend at Murphy Park. In the Canterbury Cup reserves grade, the Northern Bulldogs took second place, after their win against the Ashburton Barbarians 20-0 left them a point off the top. They will face the Burnham Chevaliers at Murphy Park this weekend in their semifinal too.